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Haniyeh: PLO must suspend talks with Israel until MPs freed

Following reports of the detention of Speaker of the Palestinian Parliament Aziz Dweik by Israel, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called for the suspension of PLO talks with Israel until Dweik’s release. “A Palestinian should not shake the hand of his enemy, the enemy who arrests the symbols of Palestinian legitimacy,” he said. “This is the minimal response … Continue reading

Jordan allows Islamic Jihad to join PLO meet in Amman

Changing their position from December, Jordan will allow an Islamic Jihad delegation to join the PLO committee meeting on Sunday. Salim Zanoun, head of the Palestinian National Council, said that all factions which signed the unity agreement in May will be in attendance, Abu Imad ar-Refaai, Islamic Jihad’s representative from Lebanon. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here … Continue reading

Hamas: PLO, Israeli meeting ‘blow to reconciliation’

Hamas leader Ismail Radwan said on Wednesday the PLO meeting with Israeli envoys in Amman on Tuesday would damage Fatah’s reconciliation deal with his faction. Leftist faction the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has also slammed the talks with Israel. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here for the full story

Opinion: Hamas is changing

If a group as extreme as Hamas is ready to compromise on the ideology it was founded on, maybe Israel should reconsidering its strategy towards the group. Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the full story

PLO rejects Israel’s economic peace initiative

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has rejected the “economic peace” argument put forth by Israel. The “economic peace” plan envisages regular payment of salaries to Palestinian public employees and economic prosperity in return for security and calm within the Palestinian Territories Gulf News, United Arab Emirated Click here for the full story

PA negotiator: We may withdraw recognition of Israel

Mohammed Shtayyeh, member of the Fatah Central Committee and one of the Palestinian Authority negotiators with Israel, was quoted Sunday as saying that the Palestinians may cancel the agreements signed between the PLO and Israel. Meanwhile, some PLO and Fatah leaders have privately criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for agreeing to incorporate Hamas into the PLO. Jerusalem … Continue reading

Militant Hamas moves to join PLO umbrella

Rival Palestinian factions reached a key agreement in Cairo Thursday to admit the Hamas militant group into the Palestine Liberation Organization – the umbrella organization of the Palestinian independence movement that has overseen two decades of on-and-off peace talks with Israel, both sides said. Associated Press, United States Click here for the full story

Opinion Poll in the West Bank and Gaza on: Arab Spring, UN Initiative, Palestinian Political System, Internal Issues/Priorities Elections

Highlights of an opinion poll conducted in the West Bank and Gaza, by the Arab World for Research and Development: The majority of Palestinians (85 percent) support holding a parliamentary election next May 2012 as agreed to in the revised Cairo Agreement. Palestinians continue to place the highest importance on achieving national reconciliation with 96 percent … Continue reading

Islamic Jihad delegation arrives in Cairo

An Islamic Jihad delegation has arrived in Cairo to discuss national unity, party officials said Thursday. The Islamic Jihad delegation will discuss joining the Palestine Liberation Organization. Senior leader Sheikh Khalid al-Batsh told Ma’an on Sunday that Islamic Jihad would be interested in joining the PLO, but only on condition that it is restructured and its new … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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